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Bushland Evapotranspiration and Agricultural Remote Sensing System (BEARS) Software

    Evapotranspiration (ET) is a major component of the hydrologic cycle. ET data are used for a variety of water management and research purposes such as irrigation scheduling, water and crop modeling, streamflow, water availability, and many more. Remote sensing products have been widely used to create spatially representative ET data sets which provide important information from field to regional scales. As UAV capabilities increase, remote sensing use is likely to also increase. For that purpose, scientists at the USDA-ARS research laboratory in Bushland, TX developed the Bushland Evapotranspiration and Agricultural Remote Sensing System (BEARS) software. The BEARS software is a Java based software that allows users to process remote sensing data to generate ET outputs using predefined models, or enter custom equations and models. The capability to define new equations and build new models expands the applicability of the BEARS software beyond ET mapping to any remote sensing application. The software also includes an image viewing tool that allows users to visualize outputs, as well as draw an area of interest using various shapes.

    WEPPCAT

      WEPPCAT is a web-based erosion simulation tool that allows for the assessment of changes in erosion rates as a consequence of user-defined climate change scenarios. This tool is based on the USDA-ARS Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) erosion model.

      Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest (SAEF) Climate Data: 2000 - 2011

        The Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest (SAEF) is a research area focused on studying watershed management. The Experimental Forest lies roughly 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Globe, Arizona, and is located within the Tonto National Forest. Tabular climate data for the SAEF are presented, including monthly and daily measurements for precipitation, temperature, and wind, for the years 2000 through 2011.